After spending five years in production, Moonage Daydream will examine not only the life but also the artistic wizardry of Bowie, who worked across several disciplines — most notably music and film — but also explored art forms throughout his life including dance, painting, sculpture, video and audio collage, screenwriting, acting and live theatre.
Directed by Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck), the docufilm promises to take viewers on an “immersive” journey via “sublime, kaleidoscopic imagery, personal archived footage, unseen performances” that are inspired by Bowie’s music and words.
Moonage Daydream is the first film to be supported by the David Bowie Estate, which granted Morgen unprecedented access to its collection. Morgen revealed at CinemaCon last month that the estate presented him with more than five hundred assets from Bowie’s archive in 2017.
Included in the collection were “rare and never-before-seen drawings, recordings, films, and journals. Morgen spent four years assembling the film and another 18 months designing the soundscape, animations, and colour palette”.
“Bowie cannot be defined, he can be experienced,” Morgen told the crowd at CinemaCon back in April. “That is why we crafted Moonage Daydream, to be a unique cinematic experience.” He also said he had spent two years “scrolling through every piece of material in the Bowie archive” to craft the film.
The film is expected to premiere on HBO and HBO Max in the spring of 2023.